This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2014

Interesting landscape reading from across the web with some thought provoking material before you start your working week.


High Lines and park life: why more green isn’t always greener for cities | Owen Hatherley | Guardian
“Transforming old industrial areas into urban woodland may look nice but can be conterproductive[sic] in the long run” – Interesting read, but still wondering how the Highline is conterproductive[sic] in the long run.

‘Open spaces needed for meetings’ | Riyan Ramanath V, | Times of India
“Lack of such open areas inside the city is forcing communities, political, religious and social groups to use smaller spaces, which is resulting in traffic congestion on the roads.”

See How NYC Streets Got More Pedestrian-Friendly In 25 Years | Curbed NY | Zoe Rosenberg
Great images of before and after the implementation of pedestrian/bike friendly road design

How town planning can make us thin and healthy: Architects show that more green space and less housing density has a clear effect on public health | Charlie Cooper | Independent
“With responsibility for public healthcare devolved now from central Government to local authorities, it’s vital that planners and developers take the lead in ensuring healthier cities,” said. RIBA’s president, Stephen Hodder.

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Pier 42 masterplan by Mathews Nielsen

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Late last month, the Pier 42 masterplan received approval from a Community Board 3 subcommittee and is currently awaiting final approval by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York and the full board of Community Board 3 to move ahead. Recently WLA asked Mathews Nielsen (the landscape architect) what was unique about this project,

“Pier 42 uses a combination of newly created soft shoreline edge and an inboard ridge to dissipate wave action and protect against both flooding and future sea level rise. The park will place mechanical systems and small park buildings above the new 100 year flood line and seeks to use solar-powered lighting to eliminate any electrical conduit from vulnerability. All plant material and hardscape finishes within the flood zone will be tolerant of period inundation.” – Signe Nielsen, Principal, Mathews Nielsen

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New York City’s Largest Solar Energy Installation to be built at Freshkills Park


The Mayor of New York recently announced that the city will install the largest solar energy installation in New York City at Freshkills Parks. The installation is set to power 2,000 homes and will increase the City’s current renewable energy capacity by 50 percent. The Administration is moving forward with steps to officially map an additional 1,500 acres of Freshkills into parkland, officially bringing the total for Freshkills Park to 2,200 acres and bringing total parkland in New York City to more than 30,000 acres for the first time in history.

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West Point Foundry Preserve Park Opens to the Public


Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects announces the opening of its West Point Foundry Preserve project in the Village of Cold Spring, New York. Located on a dramatic 87-acre, forested site along the Hudson River, the $3.6M sustainable park interprets the locale’s historic ruins while respecting and revealing its industrial and ecological history. Scenic Hudson, the largest environmental group focused on protecting and restoring the Hudson Valley, owns the preserve and commissioned Mathews Nielsen for the project, which was supported in part by a Preserve America grant.

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This Week In Landscape | 1 September 2013

Another week of landscape links from around the world. Send your news, links and events to


Infrared Image New York | Image Credit Nickolay Lamm @

Infrared Photos Reveal the Brutal Urban Heatscape | Wired  When summer temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels, cities take a bigger beating than the rest of the landscape. This urban heat effect is especially brutal in big, dense, concrete-dominated cities like New York.

Local landscape architect calls for improved landscape quality | James Qualtrough | Isle News
“‘It’s never been more important to plant trees in gardens, streets and parks. We need to introduce better planning and management of our green areas to encourage more people to take action.”

Native plants are a priority | Rebecca Trigger | The West Australian
Landscape architects are looking to native species as they manage restricted water access in a drying climate.

Delhi’s upcoming park to rival New York’s Central Park | The Economic Times
“In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India’s capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world’s most populous cities.An intricate Mughal garden is being created.”

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EVENT | ENYA 2014 Biennial Ideas Competition | Launch Party | 22 August

Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) is holding a launch party on 22 August for their  2014 Biennial Ideas Competition –  QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The QueensWay is an abandoned elevated railway snaking through some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in central and southern Queens. To successfully transform the QueensWay into a viable green space, the design must include a strong connection between the proposed elevated park and the adjacent urban fabric below.

The QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm ideas competition seeks proposals which envision this vertical connection as a community hub which extends the street activity up to the future park.

At the launch party, ENYA will be presenting the premise of the competition. Comments will also be made by Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President of The Trust for Public Land and representatives of Friends of the QueensWay.


The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place NY, NY 10012

ENYA supports Friends of the Queensway and the Trust for Public Land in their efforts to transform the QueensWay into a park.

This Week In Landscape | 7 July 2013

Another week of landscape links from the web


Utrecht, On 5 July Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park. © ANP; foto: Robin Utrecht

Koningin opent Maximapark in Leidsche Rijn [Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park]
On Friday July 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Máxima  opened Maxima Park in Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, Netherlands. The park is a 300-hectare green area in the middle of the Leidsche Rijn designed by West 8.

Designers Stretch Out Imaginations on Park Benches | Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
““When I came to New York in the 1970s, at client told me, ‘Do whatever you want, but no benches,’ ” said Tom Balsley, a prominent landscape architect who designed Riverside Park South,”

Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping | Skip Descant |
“The airport plans to replace some 80 percent of its lawn areas with desertscape, according to a landscape plan”

Greener landscapes through design, maintenance | Larisa Brass |
“Sustainable landscape design “means different things to different people,” says Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, founder and principal of Hedstrom Design, a Knoxville landscape architecture firm.”

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Alex Bozikovic | The Globe and Mail
Landscape architect Scott Torrance, who designed the garden with Levitt Goodman Architects, says the design makes a point: “Nature is luxury. … We took out a lawn and replaced it with a garden;

Chenshan Botanical Garden launches orchard plan | China Daily
Chenshan Botanical Garden Shanghai recently launched a plan to set up a 22,500-square-meter orchard, which will be one of the largest orchards for horticulture and fruit-picking in Shanghai.

Architekturbüro aus Krefeld gestaltet Platz am Bürgerhaus | [German]
Ein Architekturbüro aus Krefeld hat den Wettbewerb zur Gestaltung des Platzes vor dem Nordkirchener Bürgerhaus gewonnen.

IMAGE CREDIT | © ANP; foto/image: Robin Utrecht. Image Courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

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